Definition of Bible in English:


Syllabification: Bi·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈbībəl


(the Bible)
  • 1The Christian scriptures, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.
  • 1.1 (the Bible) The Jewish scriptures, consisting of the Torah or Law, the Prophets, and the Hagiographa or Writings.
  • 1.2 (also bible) A copy of the Christian or Jewish scriptures: clutching a large black Bible under his arm
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    • A court usher held a copy of the bible to her right hand for the woman to take the oath.
    • You won't find the Apocrypha in most bibles, as for Christians of the Reformation it is not regarded as Scripture.
    • It shows an African man from the waist up, holding a bible, with his arms extended and raised.
  • 1.3A particular edition or translation of the Bible: the New English Bible
  • 1.4 (bible) informal Any authoritative book: “Larousse Gastronomique,” the bible of French cooking
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    • This is the bible of pregnancy books, answering virtually every question you could ever think of. A great resource.
    • But I was also obsessed with the possibility of the future turning out to be horrible - so I carried around 1984, Farenheit 451 and Brave New World like they were my Bibles.
    • The Les Routiers guide - one of the few bibles of the catering and accommodation world - contains 600 entries, covering hotels, restaurants, inns, B and Bs and cafes.
  • 1.5The scriptures of any religion.
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    • Altogether, nearly eleven million Bibles and Scripture portions were distributed in 40 languages to 126 countries.
    • We will import no missionaries, distribute no Bibles.
    • It's hopefully safe to assume that though the Bibles are new, they will not be ‘improved.’


Middle English: via Old French from ecclesiastical Latin biblia, from Greek biblia 'books', from biblion 'book', originally a diminutive of biblos 'papyrus, scroll', of Semitic origin.

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